Diane Douglas, Peoria Unified School District board member is taking heat over her principled opposition to Proposition 100, the contested sales tax hike, masquerading as a panacea, which has been referred to the ballot.
The Republic reports that during public comments at last week’s board meeting, some parents called for Douglas’ resignation, questioning how she could serve both on the school board and as treasurer of Ax the Tax Arizona.
The answer can be addressed with one word: “Integrity.”
Douglas, a conservative stalwart, said she is a staunch supporter of high quality education but opposes Proposition 100 because it would damage efforts to rebuild Arizona’s economy.
The former board president added that her support for Ax the Tax Arizona is not within the purview of the governing board and that she and the parents raising the issue simply have a difference in philosophy.
As might be expected, there are subplots here as well. The educrats, who bristle at being held accountable, think this is free money, falling like manna from heaven. Young children are taught there are consequences for their actions and realities to face when situations change. But apparently some of their parents think there are no repercussions from levying additional taxes during the harshest economy most of us can recall. Job losses are still hovering in the nine-plus margins and home foreclosures remain a fact of life for too many families.
There is also the McModerate wing of the Republican Party with a finger in this education pie. Rep. Debbie Lesko is closely tied to Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, the Republican counterpart to Phoenix’s liberal Mayor Philly Gordon. In the upcoming race for an open legislative seat in District 9, incumbent Lesko and political newcomer Rick Gray both have strings tied to John McCain.